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Homeward bound.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 13 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I've been wanting to do this sort of shot for years but never got around to it.
I'd been having trouble finding a location that would give me some height and a good length of road to view at night, so I eventually found myself on top of this footbridge overlooking the A184 trunk road into South Shields near Tyne Dock.
The gently curving road leads out of town towards the motorway network and Newcastle upon Tyne. The faint light on the left was from a cyclist on the footpath.

I have another really nice shot of the view behind me, I'll show it shortly, after I've scouted another footbridge further up the road.

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Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Cool shot! I can never get enough of shooting long exposures. It's like that one favorite flavor of ice cream we always keep going back to.

13 Jan 2013 5:23am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5*****

13 Jan 2013 7:15am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Excellent a great shot

13 Jan 2013 7:57am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden


13 Jan 2013 8:05am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Well done Curly

13 Jan 2013 8:43am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful work!
Have a nice day.

13 Jan 2013 8:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Congratulation, you succeeded !

13 Jan 2013 9:20am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Wow. Fine night view

13 Jan 2013 9:27am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

excellent !annisab

13 Jan 2013 9:30am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Rushing here, rushing there....life

13 Jan 2013 9:46am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Nice, I've wanted to do that now you've challenged me:)

13 Jan 2013 10:06am

David from Avranches, France

Love it. This is my sort of shot. I too want to do more of these but never got the time. Great photo Curly.

13 Jan 2013 10:41am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

How delicate the cyclist is :)

13 Jan 2013 10:50am

Florence from Paris, France

I truly love the sci-fi dimension of this type of effects. It really offers and delivers something unusual and eyecatching.
(Thanks for your lovely, adorable, sweet words, dear). :-)

13 Jan 2013 11:00am

sido from Seville, Spain

Well done. I love long exposure shots too.

13 Jan 2013 11:01am

Z from Shanghai, China

Beautiful red & blue tones!

13 Jan 2013 11:34am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very nice shooting night, and good use of the slow speed. An excellent photo. I have already done this kind of photography, but then you give me the idea to do it at the blue hour.
Have a good Sunday.

13 Jan 2013 11:39am

helys from Paris, France

So wonderful lights moving in the night
Great lines, colors

13 Jan 2013 12:49pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

wonderful and creativity shot curly, fantastic

13 Jan 2013 12:54pm

Maryvonne from Sorel, Canada

Magnifique trainée de lumières ! Bravo !

13 Jan 2013 1:23pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your words. Thanks also for sharing a beautiful night picture here ... Excellent and vibrant ... mixed with exciting lights glow winding of cars on the road! A hug, Adela

13 Jan 2013 1:36pm

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Wow, very nice !

13 Jan 2013 1:51pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This has a very pleasing curve in the roadway that makes the neon spaghetti strands extra appealing.

13 Jan 2013 1:51pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Beautiful and creativity shot ! Well done.

13 Jan 2013 2:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

superbe effet de ce lumière qui serpente sublime

13 Jan 2013 2:05pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Very nice snake between the four street lamps

13 Jan 2013 2:31pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great shot Curly, always like these.

13 Jan 2013 3:25pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an enchanting light painting!!! So beautifully observed and superbly executed, Curly! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to view the other shot!:-)

13 Jan 2013 4:13pm

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Gorgeous frame, I love it !

13 Jan 2013 4:17pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great effect and a spot with that great twisting road - love how you can see the movement of the individual cars - also the streetlight stars.

13 Jan 2013 4:34pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Wow..skillful with your settings...excellent..

13 Jan 2013 5:21pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Génial tout simplement!!! ***** Bonne soirée.

13 Jan 2013 5:24pm

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

Very nice shot Curly.

13 Jan 2013 5:25pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Fun! Really interesting method to capture vehicle movement at night. I loke the added touch of those 4 star light posts like goals.

13 Jan 2013 5:41pm

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Very creative, would like to see more detail in the image.

13 Jan 2013 5:48pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very appealing line and symmetry, perfect night colours! only they are on the "wrong" sides ... ;-)

13 Jan 2013 6:23pm

k@ from Paris, France

This is excellent, stars & rails of colorful lights rushing within your frame rock !

13 Jan 2013 6:30pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! I love the curving colors of the lights!

13 Jan 2013 6:35pm

Mowgli from Nice, France

Superbe! Ça me rappelle celle ci, mais c'est vrai que vous roulez à gauche ;-).

13 Jan 2013 6:50pm

Tomix from landerneau, France


13 Jan 2013 6:51pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

This is perfect Curly, I too wish to recreate this in a photo one day too... watch my space!! 5*

13 Jan 2013 7:07pm

outsidersworld from everywhere, Germany

Fantastic, this play of colors in the darkness of the street lights.

13 Jan 2013 7:24pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

I've been wanting to do something of the sort too! Your exposure time created brilliant results! The curving is perfect and so are the colors...brilliant!

13 Jan 2013 7:51pm

Naa-ila from Cape Town, South Africa

very nice and very creative i love it.......

13 Jan 2013 7:52pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

nice effects with those curves... well done...

13 Jan 2013 8:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Lovely lights - I especially like the stars

13 Jan 2013 8:32pm

Basile Pesso from France

That's the slow speed day. Several excellent ones today, among which Jeff.
Yours is wonderful !

13 Jan 2013 9:13pm

STEED from D, France

A Great Classic,but always pleasant to see...............Excellent,Curly !!!

13 Jan 2013 9:42pm

Richard Goldsworthy from Adelaide, Australia

I love a planned for and well executed photo! Long exposures demand a lot of forethought and time (in my limited experience of them!) so I'm very happy to see one executed well. You may have tempted me to do likewise - time permitting. Bravo.

13 Jan 2013 9:58pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful timed shot, but I think a horizontal flip will put the cars on the right sides of the roadway. <grin>

13 Jan 2013 10:00pm

Scotfot from Kabul, Afghanistan

superb light art!

13 Jan 2013 10:10pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

you've set the bar high...again!

13 Jan 2013 11:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The curving light trails are quite beautiful. I like this a lot.

13 Jan 2013 11:21pm

Sharon Pleasants from Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Great job! Looking forward to the other side.

14 Jan 2013 3:06am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


14 Jan 2013 3:29am

Devi from Chennai, India

Good God !! This is awesome....Simply in love with this :-))))))))))))))))))))))

14 Jan 2013 4:35am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so beauty work
well done

14 Jan 2013 9:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot, Curly. Like you I have always wanted to do this.. I am still looking for a good spot.. for me it will easy to find a bridge over M3.. which I use every day..

14 Jan 2013 10:26am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


14 Jan 2013 2:05pm

KyoZyh from France

Superb night shot!

18 Jan 2013 9:13am

anjana from mumbai, India

excellant shot.

18 Jan 2013 10:31am

David from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Worth waiting for, first class.

18 Jan 2013 11:11pm

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15 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)